With its trendy eateries, renowned art galleries, and late-night clubs, River North is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Chicago. Originally known as Smokey Hollow (drop that little piece of trivia into your next cocktail conversation), over the past 40 years, this dynamic neighborhood has morphed from a warehouse district into a place where new concepts in art, design, and cuisine are fomented. River North also has diverse housing options, from the city’s newest and most luxurious high-rises to converted lofts, affordable condos, and an enclave of mansions favored by professional athletes. The list of things we love about River North is as long as the river itself, but here are 10 that are timeless.
Everyone knows that Chicagoland is the undisputed deep dish king, but ground zero in the local deep dish debate might just be Morton Grove, home to both Pequod’s Pizza and Burt’s Place. Regardless of your preference, you’re sure to hear the pan-style crust is caramelized, not burnt.
But there’s so much more than great pizza here.
With —the median price as of May 2023 was $360K—Morton Grove offers charming suburban living with easy access to Chicago. Sandwiched between Skokie, Glenview and Niles, Morton Grove is near the city’s northwest side, O’Hare Airport and Interstates 94 and 294.
Morton Grove doesn’t have a traditional downtown but drive along Dempster, where many restaurants are located or Lincoln Avenue to find local institutions like Bringer Inn, a Chicago-style bar known for its burgers, thin-crust pizza and large outdoor patio.
Here are 10 things we love about Morton Grove.
One of the best things about summertime in the Midwest is the farmers markets, and you don’t have to go far to find one in Chicago, Michigan, Indiana or Wisconsin. From Garfield Park Neighborhood Market at The Hatchery, Andersonville Farmers Market or 95th Street Farmers Market in Beverly, there are dozens and dozens of options. Each one is unique.
Nosh on freshly picked strawberries, drink a craft beer or freshly squeezed lemonade, or have a tamale while wandering vendor stalls selecting organic produce and listening to live music.
Whether you stay local or take a road trip, here are a few farmers markets you won’t want to miss.